The area is mostly sandstone and shale, with numerous folds and faults. The presence of these structures has made the area a popular destination for geologists, as it offers unique insights into the formation of the Colorado Plateau. Erosion over the years has created many narrow canyons, deep ravines, and towering mesas throughout Hovenweep National Monument. Visitors are often amazed by the majestic beauty formed by the combination of sandstone and erosion. The area is also home to several native plants and animals, making it a great destination for wildlife viewing.
Hovenweep National Monument in Montezuma Creek, Utah was established in 1923 and is managed by the National Park Service. The area has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park, making it a great place to view stars and other astronomical phenomena on clear nights. Many visitors also come to Hovenweep to see its ancient ruins, which offer insight into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people who once lived there.
The area is home to several species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Commonly seen wildlife include mule deer, coyotes, ravens and crows. Visitors may spot bobcats, mountain lions or kit foxes on rare occasions. Reptiles such as lizards, snakes and salamanders can also be found in the area.